Sleeping habits and Power napping

Profile your sleep

A lot of people feel they are tired. BBC has an assessment you can take about Sleeping habits. It gives you a quick insight about how you can make the most of your sleep time. My results are:

If keeping alert is your goal and you want to cut down your caffeine intake, try taking a short nap when you feel sleepy.

Exercise is a good way of improving your the start to the day. But if you exercise too close to bed time, it will make it difficult for you to sleep. After a heavy workout, your muscles may be tired, but muscles only need to rest, not sleep. Your brain will be too stimulated to calm down quickly.

I know that me exercising almost never isn't a good thing. I will try to get started using my spinning bike more often. Besides this what about power napping?

Power Nap

I once thought about Power Napping as a small nap for about 10 minutes. But after reading some more resources about Power Napping I found out there are actually four styles:

  • Nano nap - 10 to 20 seconds
  • Micro nap - 2 to 5 minutes
  • Mini nap - 5 to 20 minutes
  • Traditional power nap - 20 minutes
  • Lazy man's nap - 50 to 90 minutes - this is not a power nap ;-)

If I'm looking into this list, the best power nap for me should probably be something between micro nap and mini nap. Are you doing power naps? Or would you like to do power naps?

Resources on Power Napping: